OnePlus has just launched its highly anticipated, highly speculated and highly rumored flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 5 globally as well as in India. The phone comes in 2 variants, one in Slate Gray color with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage and the other in Midnight Black color with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. The price in India for these 2 variants is Rs. 32999 and Rs. 37999 respectively. We have been using the 8 GB OnePlus 5 for a little while and here's what we think about the phone.
And again, the other design elements of the OnePlus 5 shine out drastically and outdo the 3 year old design of iPhone 7 Plus completely. The minuscule side bezels on the front as well as the tapered edges on the back emanate a feeling of sleekness to the device. Add to it the 7.25 mm thickness as well as its feather like weight of 153 grams and you'll have a feeling that you could lift this device whole day long with a single finger of yours. For the price that you are paying, its a design to die for. And with display embedded fingerprint sensors going to launch before the end of this year surely, we are already anticipating the next iteration of OnePlus 5 with abated breath.
The 5.5 inch Full HD display of OnePlus 5 is sharp, vivid and bright, while the user interface adds a dash of color to it. Pitch dark blacks and hues with natural saturation induce a feeling of oneness with the device. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor on board supported by Adreno 540 GPU coupled with seemingly overkill 8 GB RAM help the phone push the boundaries of performance to a whole new apex. You can throw whatever you want at the OnePlus 5 with all your might and it would come out squeaky clean in terms of raw performance. We are no fans of benchmarks and won't talk of them but we can surely tell you that using this device in your day to day life is a cinch. This phone removes the word lag from smartphone dictionaries forever. It does not get warm while playing games or charging either.
The zippy and peppy OxygenOS 4.5.1 operating system retains its closeness to stock Android but adds some new intuitive features and flavors to the smartphone. You can swap the recents and back buttons, opt between on screen buttons or physical buttons, display network speed on the status bar, set up a gaming do not disturb mode to stop notifications from irritating you while you are busy playing games and you can set up to 5 fingerprints to be used to unlock the device with its ceramic coated fingerprint sensor.
The 3300 mAh battery might just be the phone's biggest mistake. Though the processor is energy optimised, the phone lasts for just a little more than a day. The battery gets dwindled rather quickly in case you switch on the Wi-fi hotspot. We end up feeling the need for a bit more. But the need somewhat gets satiated with the Dash charge technology that can charge the device up to 90% in an hour and have it fully charged within 1.5 hours.
You can buy OnePlus 5 with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage in Midnight Black color on Amazon India here.